A dog working as a K9 for the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department, died while unattended in a patrol car. According to CBS Chicago, the tragedy took place on a day when the outside temperature was in the 90s, and it happened in a police department parking lot.
“We are heartbroken to lose a canine member of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department,” the police agency said in a statement. “The protection of wildlife and living things are at the core of our mission and we take this loss very seriously.”
The department has stated that the patrol car was equipped with a temperature monitoring device – how or why that device failed is being investigated. According to CBS News, the officer who left Drago in the patrol car is still working, but not with dogs (at least for the time being).
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